This is a course for people who have had some experience on stage but who want to hone their skills and improve their chances of being cast in a play.  Through a series of games and activities the participant explores how to think in character, how to find the character’s objectives, stimuli and barriers, how to express emotions physically, and how to strengthen the vocal mechanism for stage work.  Improvisation, rehearsal techniques and script analysis are used to ground the actor in his/her role.  Practice in playing scenes from different styles and periods of theatre will give confidence to audition for a wider range of roles.

— 6 Saturdays starting February 25, 2017

— 1pm – 5:00pm

— $180 plus HST ($150 plus HST for OLT Members)


Preparing for the Workshop: No preparation required. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
About the Instructor: Jim McNabb Jim has been teaching acting for over 4 decades, first as a High School teacher, then at Algonquin College and Ottawa Little Theatre. He, himself, engages in acting on stage as well as on camera: he appeared in the title role of the award winning OLT production of Visiting Mr. Green and Judge Biddle in Trying, and on TV in H2O, Rudy’s Wars, Timebomb and The Professor and the Blind Girl. He has directed many local plays (OLT: Fallen Angels, The Railway Children, Blithe Spirit and the multi-award winning Half Life) and Galas (MASC, Kiwanis Music Festival, and the Capital CAPPIES at the NAC each year). He’s currently working for GCTC writing Study Guides for students attending their matinee performances.


(Prerequisite: Adult Beginner Course or equivalent)

— 6 Saturdays x 4 hrs. = 24 hrs instruction

Day 1  “Freeing the voice and body” – warm-ups and games to release the imagination.

“Thinking in Character” – improvisation; what does the character want?

“Playing with Scripts” — rehearsal games to approach a scene.

“Telling the Scene Physically” — physicalizing thoughts and feelings

“Playing the Scene” — rehearsal and presentation of a simple scene.


Day 2 “Warmups for voice and body”

“Playing with Scripts, pt.2” — improvisational rehearsal games for scenes

“Playing the Objective” – choosing your character’s intent

“Playing the Scene, pt. 2”   — rehearsal and presentation of dramatic scene.


Day 3 “Warmups for voice and body”

“Clues to Character” – techniques to define characterization

“Script Analysis” — finding what the playwright wants

“Playing with Scripts, pt. 3” – improvisational rehearsal games for scenes


Day 4 “Warmups for voice and body”

“Script Analysis” – determining the genre, focus and style of the play.

“Playing the Scene, pt. 3” – practice with scenes from several genres and styles of plays


Day 5 “Warmups for voice and body”

“Playing Comedy” – techniques to bring out the laughs

“Playing the Scene, pt. 4– rehearsal and presentation of a comedy scene.


Day 6 “ Warm-ups for voice and body”

“Styles of Acting” — examination of techniques for playing comedy, farce, naturalism, classical.

“Playing the Scene, pt. 5” — rehearsal and presentation of advanced scene in alternate style